ALBANY, N.Y. – The State Emergency Operations Center was activated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to monitor the snow storm impacting New York Thursday and Friday.
The EOC began monitoring the storm at 10 a.m. The storm is predicted to produce moderate to heavy snowfall across a large portion or the state and may also result in coastal flooding and beach erosion. The storm system will also add to the bitter cold already experienced statewide.
Cuomo encourages drivers to utilize mass transit as there may be closures of major highways across the state, including NYS Thruway I-87, Interstate 84, Interstate 684 and the Long Island Expressway.
“Knowing the potential impact of this winter storm, combined with plummeting temperatures, I have activated the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts,” Cuomo said. “Blowing, drifting snow can make travel difficult and dangerous, so I urge citizens to exercise caution if they have to leave their homes.”
The Capital Region forecast calls for moderate to significant snowfall Wednesday night into Friday morning. The majority of the snow will fall Thursday and Thursday night with snowfall amounts predicted to be between 10 to 15 inches.
The New York State Department of Transportation has plows available statewide to clear snow and treat roads with salt.
Safe driving recommendations include:
- Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered;
- Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles;
- Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations;
- Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces;
- Be wary of black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing;
- Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events;
- Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound;
- Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes;
- Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival; and
- Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if you become snowbound.